Alan Finkel Meet the Author

13 Jun 2023

ANU/Canberra Times. Meet the Author. Alan Finkel

Former chief scientist Alan Finkel will be in conversation with Ken Baldwin on his new book Powering Up: Unleashing the Clean Energy Supply Chain, in which he shares his compelling insights and expertise and makes the case for Australia leading the way in the global transition to clean energy.

The clean energy transition is humanity’s biggest ever economic challenge. In Powering Up, former Australian chief scientist Alan Finkel shows how to remove the barriers that prevent nations transforming from petrostate to electrostate. Finkel considers the entire supply chain, from raw materials through power infrastructure, the workforce, transportation and household customers. He reveals the outlines of a new geo-economic order and explains in persuasive, practical terms how we can get there.

If governments, investors, industry and consumers get this right over the next three decades, history will judge us as the generation who ushered in the Electric Age and helped to save the planet. The world will be transformed – with Australia, if we seize the opportunity, as a global leader.

Alan Finkel AC was Australia’s chief scientist from 2016 to 2020. He is a neuroscientist, engineer and entrepreneur and former Chancellor of Monash University. He led the 2017 National Electricity Market Review and the 2019 development of the National Hydrogen Strategy, and chaired the 2020 panel developing the Low Emissions Technology Roadmap. He is currently special adviser to the Australian government on low-emissions technologies.

As inaugural Director of the ANU Energy Change Institute (now part of the Institute for Climate, Energy and Disaster Solutions), and as founding Director of the ANU Grand Challenge: Zero-Carbon Energy for the Asia-Pacific, Professor Ken Baldwin’s research interests are in energy policy to inform the energy transition to a decarbonised economy. He is a past-President of the Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies (FASTS) and the Australian Optical Society.

The vote of thanks will be given by Emma Aisbett, Associate Professor at the ANU School of Law and Associate Director (Research) for ANU Grand Challenge – Zero-Carbon Energy for the Asia-Pacific. 

This event is in association with Harry Hartog Bookshop. Books will be available for purchase on the evening in the Cultural Centre foyer. Pre-event book signings will be available from 5.30pm, and available again after the event.


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